Due to ongoing COVID-19-related challenges, Cambodia’s Ministry of Health has recommended some basic OTC medicines such as Bromhexine and Cetirizine be used for treating COVID-19 patients at home. This is helping to drive growth in several OTC categories.
In 2022, Cambodia continues to see a decrease in the daily infection rates of COVID-19, which reflects the country’s strong herd immunity due to the successful vaccination rates. This has therefore led to the easing of more restrictions such as travel restrictions, socialising, and face masks.
Traditional medicine is widely used in Cambodia, with the country being home to several traditional medicine systems including indigenous Khmer medicine and imported systems such as traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda. Workers using traditional indigenous medicine are known as Kru Khmer (Khmer teachers), with many specialising in areas such as bone-setting or herbalism.
In Cambodia UNICEF, the World Food Programme, and the Asian Development Bank have conducted regular COVID-19 socioeconomic surveys throughout the pandemic to monitor its impact on vulnerable households. The results of such surveys confirm that Cambodian households with children were more likely to lose income than households without children.
Chemists/pharmacies and drugstores/parapharmacies remain the most significant distribution channels for OTC, due to offering the widest range and also attracting many by offering advice. Unregistered chemists/pharmacies and drugstores/parapharmacies are a significant problem in the country, with some estimates stating these outlets outnumber those registered with the Department of Drugs and Food (DDF).
The regulation of pharmaceuticals is controlled by the Management of Pharmaceuticals Act (MPA), which was enacted in 1996 and strengthened by an amendment in 2007. This legislation aims to ensure that medicines distributed in the country are safe, genuine and effective.
Vitamins and dietary supplements are regulated in the same manner as OTC products in Cambodia and products should be registered with the DDF. However, as with OTC, a lengthy and complicated registration process results in many unregistered products being available in the country.
Online sales are expected to become more popular over the forecast period thanks to the convenience it affords. This should be supported by improving infrastructure and further expansion in the number of delivery services.
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